Are Airline Lounges Worth It?

Published Date Author: , November 5th, 2013

From small mechanical issues to ill-timed blizzards, few of us have traveled in the past few years without running into some sort of mishap at the airport. Granted, running an airline is no easy chore, but the frustration felt when flights don’t take off as planned can seem all too real. During such moments, a sleek airport lounge can provide an oasis of luxury and calm in which to bide your time. But what about when things don’t go awry? How often do you need to visit an airport lounge to justify the cost of membership? And what tricks are there – if any – to gaining access without paying?

What’s in a lounge? Your typical airline lounge is hidden in a remote section of the airport, inviting only a select few to experience its free Wi-Fi, bounty of drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic), finger foods, comfortable seating, private restrooms, and plenty of power outlets. Lounges are typically operated by airlines themselves (Delta SkyClub, United Club, Alaska Board Room, etc.), but can also be ran by third-party entities.

Earlier this year, American Express’ Centurion Lounge opened up inside Las Vegas’ international airport, offering over-the-top lighting, amazing views of the surrounding dessert, and honest-to-goodness cooked food (another branch of Centurion Lounge has also opened in Dallas/Fort Worth). In May, Delta opened up SkyDeck, a 2,000 square foot rooftop lounge at its rebuilt Terminal 4 at JFK; meanwhile, Terminal F in Atlanta hosts an outdoor seating area for international travelers.

Authored By Darren Murph – See the Full Story at Shermans Travel

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